For some reason I’ve been falling in love with a place I’ve never been before, and for some reason I can’t get it out of my head. It’s great to feel this, but it’s also scary – scary because it makes it harder to travel with low expectations. I have this fear of being disappointed, being afraid that it isn’t all I think it is. But I can’t let that stop us!
For me this is the ultimate destination, a destination for adventure and great experiences. This is a country I get butterflies in my stomach by just thinking of it. So shouldn’t we just go see if this place is all I think it is?
We have been in planning of a trip in November and we found it hard to decide at first, only because at that point we hadn’t any “wow, we HAVE to go there”-kind of feeling (expect from my destination, of course), so we were searching around trying to get some inspiration, and we did found one trip we really REALLY wanted to take; a cruise in Indian Ocean with Costa Cruises. But we found too many reasons to not take this trip after reading reviews and doing some research. It still sounds tempting, but not right now.
So after throwing that idea away my destination popped up every now and then, and I put together a draft to show Jon how a trip to this destination would look like, and he thought that sounded like a great idea. And we settled down on this country – quite happy about that!
So, let’s just put the fear behind, and so what if it doesn’t turn out to be everything I want it to be? We will as always make the best out of it and we will have a great time, and I’m still traveling with an open mind.
Tropic, beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls, road trip, wildlife, adventure… This is some of the keywords we think about when thinking of this place, and now you’re probably getting tired of us not telling you where we’re heading in November.
First, here are some (fun) facts:
- More than 10% of the worlds butterflies live there
- It only takes up .03% of planet’s surface but holds 4-5% of its biodiversity
- More than 25% of its land is protected national parks and refuges.
- It is smaller than Lake Michigan.
- It has a 96% literacy rate; for rural areas where children can’t make it to school, lessons are taught over a national radio station.
- It is the second largest exporter of bananas in the world.
- It’s the hummingbird capital of the world.
And if you still haven’t got it, here’s the last one:
- “Pura vida” is the national saying
YEAH, WE’RE GOING TO COSTA freaking’ RICA!
Luckily I won Costa Rica map and travel guide in a competition by Nomaden.
This will come well in handy!
We have booked tickets from Oslo to San Jose, and we’re planning to travel around by car and see as much as we can in three weeks. We have so many plans and ideas, so this looks really promising! We can’t wait to explore more of this part of the world, and I can’t wait to see if I’m still in love with Costa Rica after we’ve been there.
These are the planned stops on our road trip in Costa Rica
We will also try to make it to Nicaragua on a day trip and to Bocas del Toro in Panama for a couple of days.
Doesn’t this sound exciting?
Have you been to Costa Rica? What do you think?
Do you have any tips for us? Feel free to share in the comments!